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Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 3:30pm

Poet and photographer ALEXIS RHONE FANCHER returns to Inquiry to talk about her newest collection STATE OF GRACE: THE JOSHUA ELEGIES. Tune in and hear one of L.A.s most powerful poets read some of her work. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 2:30pm

Tonight on Inquiry, we welcome journalist and writer DALE RUSSAKOFF. Her new book is titled THE PRIZE: WHO’S IN CHARGE OF AMERICA’S SCHOOLS. It’s a stunning piece of investigative journalism that centers on Newark, New Jersey’s failing schools.  These schools had been failing for decades. Then popular mayor Cory Booker teamed up with governor Chris Christie to spend millions promised them by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to “reform” Newark’s schools. But things did not go as the reformers planned. Tune in and find out why. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 6:00pm

Drummer, vibes and piano are the instruments of multi-talented musician John Cocuzzi, who discusses the inspiration he's gotten from his father, and how playing each of these instruments influences the other.

Monday, October 5, 2015 - 7:00pm

He was arguably the most talented (and tortured) of them all. Donny Hathaway' s soulful, gospel-infused vocals just scratched the surface. He wrote, produced, arranged, played keyboards and worked with some of the best soul artists ever. This week marks his 75th birthdate. Join host Tom Shaker and celebrate an incredible lost soul. It all starts at 7pm!

Sunday, October 4, 2015 - 10:30pm

In OUR ROBOTS, OURSELVES: Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy MIT professor David A. Mindell uses firsthand experience and the latest research to tackle common myths that pervade our beliefs on robots and provides a more reasoned outlook on this often overhyped topic. Transporting us to sites rarely seen by the average person, Mindell offers an insider’s look at technology like the Predator and Reaper, the U.S. Air Force’s public faces of “drone warfare,” and the first ever look at the Predator’s control room; autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) used for deep-sea exploration; and the Mars Exploration Rover which has allowed Earth-bound scientists to explore Mars’ surface for over a decade after its planned demise. Tune in this Sunday evening at 10:30 when Al speaks with David Mindell about his new book.

Sunday, October 4, 2015 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve Jones-D’Agostino, strategic partner of Susan Wagner PR + Best Rate of Climb, interviews, Rafael Mares, is a senior attorney working on transportation and environmental justice issues for the Conservation Law Foundation, which is based in Boston. They talk about getting the Bay State’s public-transit system back on track. This episode aired originally on August 2, 2015.

Since 1966 – almost half a century – CLF has used the law, science, policymaking, and the business market to find pragmatic, innovative solutions to New England’s toughest environmental problems.

Whether that means cleaning up Boston Harbor, protecting ocean fisheries to ensure continued supply, stopping unnecessary highway construction in scenic areas, or expanding access to public transportation, CLF is driven to make all of New England a better place to live, work, and play.

What’s more, CLF has the toughness to hold polluters accountable, and the tenacity to see complex challenges through to their conclusion.

CLF is also nimble enough to adjust course as conditions change to achieve the best outcomes.

Rafael Mares joined CLF in 2009. For 10 years beforehand, he served as a clinical instructor and lecturer on law at the WilmerHale Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, where he founded the Healthy Homes and Environmental Justice Project.

Before and during law school, Rafael worked on environmental justice issues in Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Boston.

Sunday, October 4, 2015 - 9:00pm

Ethel Payne was considered the First Lady of the Black press from the fifties and for decades after “but she was generally out of sight of white America.”. This driven and intrepid journalist was there to cover the modern history of the struggle for civil rights and was a Washington correspondent, did field reporting from the Vietnam War, reported from many countries in Africa and around the world. She was a tenacious reporter who witnessed race relations in an international arena. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with writer and biographer JAMES MCGRATH MORRIS about his wonderful new biography: EYE ON THE STRUGGLE: ETHEL PAYNE, THE FIRST LADY OF THE BLACK PRESS.

When this novel was published in the early 1950s, it caused an extraordinary uproar. Conservatives thought it was filth; while liberals considered it lowbrow trash. The author did not conform to cultural ideals of what a woman novelist should look like or behave. But the novel was immensely popular because it spoke to women about things that were important in their lives but that were never mentioned in “polite society”. Tonight on Inquiry, we talk with ARDIS CAMERON , Professor of American and New England Studies at the University of Southern Maine about her revealing new book: UNBUTTONING AMERICA: A BIOGRAPHY OF PEYTON PLACE.

Sunday, October 4, 2015 - 12:00pm

New England based composer/guitarist/educator Richard Nelson talks about his new CD Deep River; a Heliotrope recording written for Boston's Aardvark Jazz Orchestra. The jazz suite draws from folk music as Nelson "reimagines and reclaims early 20th century American roots" fast-forward into 21st century improvisational "contemporary jazz".  On Thursday, October 8th, he joins big band director Mark Harvey to celebrate the CD release and kick off Aardvark's season with Jazz Americana at Scullers Jazz Club in Allston/Cambridge, MA.

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 7:00pm

Remember the days when you listened to an entire album? Tonight we’ll hear an album an hour: THE LIED TO’S (The Lied To’s), XVII (The Nields), HARD TIMES & WOES (Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards) and WHEN THE VILLAGE WAS GREEN (The Highwaymen).

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 6:00pm

The David’s Group brings us original Jazz pieces the open up like windows into popular Jazz grooves.

David calls himself a “Blue Collar” Jazz player….a guy whose work in music is all play. He been playing, teaching and performing for over 40 years. I loved his take on the Jazzy idioms he opens up for us. You’ll like hearing the work of this experienced Jazz man and his seasoned band.

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